10 Celebratory Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones
The dichotomy of a wedding celebration is celebrating while also mourning a special, loved one who can’t physically be present for the festivities. However, there are so many special touches that can be included that it will feel like he/she is not only present but honored as well. No matter the budget, style or formality of your wedding, the following suggestions can be customized accordingly.
- Pin a locket to your bouquet. Bouquets are more than just flowers nowadays; in fact, the brooch bouquet is quite popular. Whatever style you choose, honoring your loved one with a locket or picture frame attached to your bouquet as you walk towards the one you love…#priceless
- Include a framed picture of your loved one(s) as part of your decor. Many times we use candles or flowers, but why not a frame picture of your loved one(s) as part of your centerpieces? Or as part of your dessert table? Your head table?
- Burn a candle through the wedding in memory of them. Now you can even customized your Unity Candle. The picture can be laser embedded on the candle. Or if not your Unity Candle, have a solo candle as part of the ceremony and then transfer to the reception on the head table, and keep the flame burning as a tribute.
- Reserve a seat in their honor draped with floral in the seat or signage (We know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away). A lovely way to honor his/her spirit and also to reserve a physical space in remembrance.
- Read a poem in their honor. Is there a special poem (or song) that he/she used to love or recite. Include it as part of your celebration.
- Play their favorite song during the reception. Why not play it as your first dance song? Project a video montage as the song is played.
- Wear something that was theirs in relation to the something old, something new, some borrowed or something blue. Some Brides have a special memento sewn into their wedding gown; Grooms include a handkerchief or wear their loved one’s tie.
- Honorary guests in listed in the wedding ceremony program. List your loved ones in the Wedding Program. Frame it and hang in your new home as a forever keepsake.
- Do a special toast during the reception in their honor. Sure, the Best Man can still make his/her special toast, but how about a special toast to your loved one to give the memory a “place” during your celebration.
- Incorporate their favorite color in your wedding décor and or attire. Splashes of your loved one’s favorite color throughout the wedding will provide a constant reminder that your loved one’s spirit is present.
The fact that you’re choosing to honor your loved ones is remarkable, so choose whichever one pulls at your heartstring and represents the relationship and love for your lost loved one. Celebrating the memory will make your day all the more memorable.
Photographer: My Touch Weddings